The New Project Progress and a Freebie Pattern

A more stylized view of this delicious yarn!

A more stylized view of this delicious yarn!

About 1/3 of the way through my Autumn Wrap and I’m already doubting myself yet again.  I’m

Basket weave!

Basket weave!

not sure I like the color combos.  I adore the colors, but the way I’m putting them together just doesn’t seem to click.  Before I get too rash and throw away what I have done so far – ahem! – I will use all the colors and see how I like it then.  I understand that sometimes you need to have a little faith in your vision.  Maybe I’m jittery because this is the first time I have ever used two yarns at once and made the very simple basketweave pattern?  I don’t know.  We shall persevere.

On a more decidedly upbeat note, I have finally written down the pattern for my cute little baby booby beanie.  Back in December of 2014, I posted a pic of this:

Baby Booby Breastfeeding Beanie - sorry about the alliteration!

Baby Booby Breastfeeding Beanie – sorry about the alliteration!

I promised to post the pattern.  Being that it was December, my crafting life was definitely busy, and this simple little project was put aside.  It’s simple and quick and makes a great gift for the expectant/breastfeeding mother.  I’m sure you could also make this as a gag gift for an adult, but you’ll have to figure that out yourself – LOL!  The instructions are for up to 12 months.  Click on the picture to get the pattern, or go to the Crafting Links under Crochet and find it as Baby Booby Beanie.

Enjoy!

Hope Springs Anew

There is an old saying in my neck of the woods that goes something like this: When you fall off your bike, you gotta get right back on. The message being something along the lines of don’t give up because you’ve fallen down, or made a mistake, or truly screwed things up. For me, that means I’m starting on another project, just a simple wrap. I will be trying something for the first time, but I feel fairly confident I can handle it, and that’s using two strands of yarn throughout.  Nothing fierce.  My biggest question is how wide I should make it, and should I keep it a simple garter stitch or stockinette or combo?

This is the color that will run throughout the wrap

This is the color that will run throughout the wrap

These are the contrast colors

These are the contrast colors

 

New Giveaway!

This is my new giveaway offer, geared more towards the crafters out there.  I had to think about this one and finally came up with an option that would make a suitable gift.  So, I have decided to part ways with a lovely wool from Knit Picky Andean Treasures line, in a great color called Embers.  There’s 3 skeins, 330 yards total of DK Peruvian goodness.

Stacked all pretty.

Stacked all pretty.

Artistic, yet simple.

Artistic, yet simple.

Scrumptious!

Scrumptious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to enter,  go to my Facebook page, and like the post that announces the giveaway.  This counts as “one”.  If you want two extra entries, share the post!  When I reach 207 likes on my page,  I will make a video of the drawing and post/announce it on my page.

Good luck!

Give a hoot mittens – done!

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Zipping along nicely…several months ago!

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The finished product. I’m not going to bother with block or shaping because they look fine when they’re on my hands!

These mittens were surprisingly easy to knit, even though it was my first time making any kind of hand items.  I finished the left hand mitten several months back, and then I started the leaves sweater and I didn’t want anything to interrupt that ordeal.  When the sweater project was all wrapped up, I immediately resumed this and finished the right hand mitten in a matter of hours.  Wheee!  It felt like a vacation!

I did have some issues with a term I wasn’t familiar with – the “skip”, which I had to look up because I was confusing it with a “slip”.  You will notice I have not put on the eyes.  I’ve decided not to, because I can be really rough on decorative (and functional) buttons.  You can tell it’s supposed to be an owl anyway.  I’ve also noticed that in the representational images, the cuff isn’t as long as mine.  I don’t know if that’s my personal take on it, or are mine longer?  Either way, doesn’t matter.  They’re still too cool.

A really cute, fast, weekend project for you owl lovers and those of you who are needing instant gratification.  Here’s the link:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/give-a-hoot

Enjoy!